MotoGP, the premier class of motorcycle road racing events, will have a new venue in north-eastern Hungary thanks to a government investment in a new racetrack on the outskirts of Hajdúnánás, László Palkovics, the Minister of Innovation and Technology said on Saturday.
The 65 billion forint (EUR 188 million) investment includes service facilities, training and conference centres and a hotel. The 8-year agreement with Dorna Sports, MotoGP’s rights holder, will start in 2023, Palkovics told a press conference.
Such post-coronavirus investments can help the economy return to growth quickly, the Minister said, adding that similar developments would boost the region and help it to become a new node in Hungary’s automotive industry. The government has adopted a strategy for motorsport that includes infrastructure development, education and training, as well as financial support for the sport.
Palkovics paid tribute to world speed champion Gábor Talmácsi as well, who attended the event, for “putting Hungary on the map of MotoGP.”
featured photo: illustration, Moto GP race in Brno last year. (Martin Divisek/MTI/EPA)